International Harvester Model 1486 Tractor


This 1979 tractor was owned by Gerald McCathern of Hereford, Tex., who used it in his fields for 700 hours before driving it 1,800 miles to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 1979 American Agriculture Movement demonstration. As wagon master, McCathern coordinated tractorcades that, while bringing the desperate situation facing American farmers to the attention of Congress, also substantially slowed rush-hour traffic. In the midst of the protest, a large snowstorm nearly paralyzed the city, and farmers used their tractors to pull cars out of snowbanks, earning the goodwill of many people.

The American Agriculture Movement bought the tractor and presented it to the Smithsonian in 1986. The IH 1486 is representative of the technology that typifies modern agriculture. It has sixteen forward and eight reverse speeds, power steering and brakes, diesel turbocharged engine, wide adjustable front end, detachable front weights, air-conditioning, AM-FM radio tape deck, hydraulic adjustable seat, and an adjustable steering wheel.

Date Made: 1979

User: McCathern, GeraldMaker: International Harvester

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Credit Line: Gift of the American Agriculture Movement

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0179.01Catalog Number: 1986.0179.01Accession Number: 1986.0179

Object Name: tractor

Physical Description: steel (overall material)rubber (overall material)plastic (overall material)


Record Id: nmah_1276335

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